Saturday, August 30, 2014

ZUCCHINI AND STRAWBERRY PANCAKES ( Sweet Version )


These make a very healthy breakfast and definitely a treat for kids. You can reduce the sugar quantity and pour honey or maple syrup on them before serving.

Ingredients:
Flour .. 1 cup
Zucchini .. 1/4 cup (grated)
Strawberries . 1/4 cup (chopped finely)
Eggs ...... 1
Baking powder .. 1/8 tsp
Cinnamon powder . 1/4 tsp
Nutmeg powder ... a pinch
Milk ..... as needed
Sugar ..... 4-5 tbsps ( as sweet as you like )
Oil ...  as needed to make the pancakes



Method:
1. Mix all the ingredients except oil. Make a smooth and thick batter adding sufficient milk.
2. Spread with a ladle on a pan and make the pancakes spooning a little oil.

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ZUCCHINI RICE


Preparing rice with grated vegetables is a nice way to make your kids / spouse eat them without noticing them specially when they don't like some veggies and are picky about them.

Ingredients:
Rice .. 1 cup
Zucchini .. 1 cup (grated)
Garlic ... 1 tsp (optional)
Green chillies ... 1-2 (slit)
Green cardamoms .. 2-3
Cloves ......... 2-3
Bay leaves ... 1
Cinnamon stick ... 1 small piece
Turmeric powder .. 1/8 tsp
Salt ... to taste
Oil ... 2-3 tbsps



Method:
1. Heat the oil and add the whole spices.
2. When they give out a nice aroma add the garlic and green chillies.
3. Now add the soaked rice, turmeric and salt. Stir fry for a minute.
4. Add 2 cups of water and if you want it a little softer consistency add half cup more.
5. Cook on medium flame and when it is almost done leave it on dum. (low flame).

For variation you can add kasoori methi or coriander leaves.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

ZUCCHINI ROTIS / THEPLAS


Delicious zucchini rotis / theplas .. enjoy them with any sabzi or just curd and pickle...

Ingredients :
Wheat flour .. 3 cups or as needed
Zucchini ..... 2 cups (peeled and grated)Turmeric powder .. 1/4 tsp
Green chillies .. 1-2 (chopped finely)
Kasoori methi ... 1 tbsp (you can use fresh methi too )
Ajwain ..... 1 tsp
Salt ... to taste 
Curd ... about 1 cup or as needed
Oil or ghee 


Method:
1. Heat a little oil in a pan and saute the grated zucchini for a minute until the water dries up. Mix the salt, turmeric powder, green chillies and kasoori methi.
2. Take flour in a large bowl and add the zucchini, 1 tbsp oil and ajwain. 
3. Knead it using the curd and a little water if needed. 
4. Make rotis brushing a little oil or ghee on them.

Note: Knead the dough just before making them as zucchini leaves water and the dough may become soft and difficult to handle.


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MALAI MATTAR PANEER


This is a rich party dish.. perfect when you are entertaining. It is very mild in spices as well and definitely a kids delight. You can serve it with naans, rotis, parathas.. goes well with everything.

Ingredients:
Paneer ..         200 gms (cut into cubes)
Green peas ..... 1 cup (boiled)
Onion ... 1 large ( boil and blend it)
Cashewnuts .. 1/2 cup (soak and grind to paste)
Cream ..... 3-4 tbsps
Salt .... to taste
White pepper .. 1 tsp
Cumin powder . 1tsp
Turmeric powder .. 1/8 tsp (optional)
Chopped nuts .. for garnishing.
Oil or ghee .. as needed


Method:
1. Boil the onion adding 1 cup water. Cool it and grind to a paste.
2. Cut the paneer into cubes and fry them lightly.
3. Heat oil or ghee in a pan and saute the onion paste adding salt, turmeric and cumin powder.
4. Tip in the green peas and chilli powder.
5. Add the cashewnut paste and 1 cup water. (or little more if you want to have more gravy)
6. Let it simmer for half a minute. Now add the paneer pieces and stir carefully.
7. After simmering for a minute, add the cream and mix very gently without breaking the paneer pieces.
 Garnish with chopped nuts and a spoonful of cream before serving.



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Thursday, August 28, 2014

ZUCCHINI PANCAKES ( Savoury Version )


Healthy and easy option for breakfast. These pancakes are quite filling too.


Ingredients:
Flour ... 1 cup
Zucchini ... 1 (peeled and grated about 1 cup)
Onion ... 1 small (finely chopped about 1/4 cup)
Corn .... 1/3 cup
Dry mint leaves ... 1/4 tsp
Coriander leaves .. handful
Eggs ... 2
Baking powder .. a small pinch
Salt ... to taste
Cumin powder ... 1/2 tsp
Oil ... as needed


Method:
1. Mix all the ingredients adding water as needed to make a thick batter.
2. Heat a non stick pan / griddle and pour a ladle full of batter to make a small thick pancake.
3. Spoon a little oil and fry both sides until done.
4. Serve hot with ketchup or chilli sauce.



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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

OATS & ALOO PURIS



Ingredients:
Wheat flour ..... 2 cups
Potatoes .......... 2 small
Oats ................ 4-5 tbsps.
Green chillies .... 2 crushed
Coriander ......... handful (finely chopped)
Cumin seeds .... 1 tbsp.
Turmeric powder ... 1/8 tsp.
Amchoor powder ... 1/2 tsp.
Red chilli powder .. 1/4 tsp. (optional)
Salt ................ to taste
Oil

Method:
1. Boil the potatoes and mash them.
2. Roast 2 tbsps. of oats with 1 tsp oil.

3. Knead the dough adding the mashed potatoes, roasted oats, green chillies, cumin seeds, coriander leaves, turmeric powder, 1 tbsp oil, amchoor powder and salt.

4. Roll out puris dipping in oats instead of flour. Make the dough little soft so that the oats stick to the puris while rolling them.

5. Deep fry the puris. They turn out crispy and crunchy with oats.
Serve them hot with curd or pickle.

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ZUCCHINI RAITA


If you are a raita fan you may like to try out something different each time. Here is a simple zucchini raita with tadka.

Ingredients:
Zucchini ... 1 cup (grated )
Curd ....... 1 cup
Salt ... to taste

 For Tempering:
Mustard seeds .. 1/4 tsp
Urad dal ........ 1/4 tsp
Asafoetida .... a pinch
Curry leaves .. few 
Oil ... 1 tbsp


Method:
1. Heat oil in a pan and add the tempering ingredients.
2. When they crackle, tip in the grated zucchini.
3. Add a little salt and saute until the water dries up. (about half a minute)
4. Let it cool. Then add the yogurt and mix well.
You may also add coriander leaves, mint leaves if you like.


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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

SAVOURY FLOWER BREAD


I am really enjoying making different breads every month in the baking group "We Knead to Bake ". Usually each time Aparna chooses an exotic bread and we all make the same one. This month as she was busy she asked us to make any fancy bread with some savoury stuffing.  I chose this flower bread and gave my own twist. I have used the samosa masala and mint chutney fillings for a variation. The bread really looks decorative after it is baked. Still it needs a lot of improvement as this is my first attempt and I shall definitely try it out once again to make it more neater finish.



For the Dough:
Maida / white flour / APF........... 2 cups
Fresh yeast ... 1 cube (if using dry yeast-1 tablespoon)
Salt ............ 1 tsp.
Sugar ......... 2 tsp.
Ghee/butter .......... 1 tsp.
Luke warm water for kneading.( you may use milk + water )

1. Take the flour, make a well in the middle. Put only the sugar and crumble the yeast on top of the sugar.
2. Sprinkle the salt on the side (there should be no contact between the yeast and the salt)
3. Knead the dough using the luke warm water.Add the ghee and knead it well for 2-3 minutes.
4. Cover it and leave it in a warm place till it is risen to double.
(about 15-20 mins. in summer....in winter it takes a little longer)

For the Potato Masala:



Potatoes .... 2 small
Turmeric powder .. 1/4 tsp
Garam Masala ...... 1/4 tsp
Crushed cumin seeds .. 1/4 tsp
Red chilli powder ....... 1/2 tsp
Amchoor powder .... 1/4 tsp
Raisins .... handful
Coriander leaves ....... handful
Salt .... to taste
Oil ..... for frying.

1.Boil the potatoes, peel them and cut into small pieces.
2. In a pan heat a little oil and add the potatoes and spice powders.
3. Add salt, raisins and coriander leaves and mix well mashing with the spoon.
4. Let it cool.

For Mint Chutney:



Mint leaves ........... 2 cups
Coriander leaves ... 1 cup
Green chillies .......... 3-4
Onion ....................... 1 chopped
Roasted chana/dalia ... 1 tbsp (optional)
Garlic ............... 8-10 cloves
Ginger ............ small piece
Vinegar or lime juice .. 1 tbsp.
Salt to taste
Sugar .................... 1 tsp.(optional)

1. Grind all the above ingredients, adding a little water if required.
2. In a sauce pan cook the chutney to dry the water until it is thick in consistency. Let it cool.

For Garnishing 

Black and white sesame seeds - 1 tbsp each
Red chilli garlic chutney  .... 2 tbsps  ( See recipe - Here )


Now to Make the Bread Flower:




1. Take the risen dough and knead it well.
2. Divide it into 2 equal parts.
3. Roll them into round shape.
4. Place one in a greased baking tray.
5. Spoon the potato filling in the middle and the chutney on the round edge leaving a little gap from the outer edge as shown in the picture.
6. Now place the other part over the fillings carefully to fit in well with the bottom one. Seal the edges pressing with your fingers.
7. Now place an inverted bowl in the middle part that is stuffed with potato filling.
8. Using a pizza cutter or a knife mark the portions for petals at equal distance. ( first divite into 4 then divide the 4 parts equally again )
9. Give the cuts on the marked parts carefully.
10. Very carefully twist the leaves so that the open part is on top. The chutney should be visible.
11. Neatly arrange all the leaves separating them from each other. Remove the bowl.
12. Spread the red chilli garlic chutney on the middle part. Sprinkle the black and white sesame seeds. Press them lightly.
13. Now bake in a pre-heated oven at 250 degrees C until it is done.
It takes about 22-25 minutes but again the time may vary according to the type and the size of the oven used.

Bread idea adapted from ... Here 



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